Thursday, January 29, 2009

Epicurean Cultures Collide Outside Downtown Hotspot

We all like a meal to move us somehow, but how about a meal that literally moves? The Kogi Taco Truck brings new meaning to eating-on-the-go. Now, every Wednesday around 9pm, there is a golden opportunity to try it for yourself in downtown LA. Yep, a spicy little bite of Asian-Mexican fusion in a mini tortilla rolls up outside the loungey Golden Gopher, offering Sipsters® simple-yet-sophisticated snacks streetside, each week.

The Kogi Taco Truck is a collaboration between LA natives Mark Manguera (a former F & B director with bountiful experience in some of LA’s most prestigious establishments) and Chef Roy Choi (a C.I.A. graduate who has manned the kitchens of Le Bernardin in New York, and Trader Vic’s and Rock Sugar Pan Asian Kitchen in the City of Angels.)

Choi, who is said to have “flavor in his finger tips” pulls from both Korean BBQ and Mexican street fare to design the traveling late-night menu. Start working off the next morning’s hangover while you’re still partying over a steaming cup of Burnt Rice Porridge with Kimchi. Or, satisfy a snack craving with Korean Shortib, Spicy Chicken or Tofu Tacos.

Set the Tivo so you can watch the new season of Lost when you get home, suck down a cocktail or two at the Golden Gopher (while you’re there, buy a top shelf bottle to take home for later) and pull up your own little piece of sidewalk in front of Kogi. Sounds like the golden ticket to a completely satisfying Wednesday night to me.

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